Ringling Is Phasing Out Elephant Performances

March 5, 2015

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced that in response to growing public concern over “how the animals are treated,” it will end elephant performances by 2018. This comes after 35 years of PETA protests against Ringling’s cruelty to elephants. PETA has caught Ringling’s abuse on video and released to the world a former Ringling trainer’s photos of the circus’s violent baby-elephant training sessions.

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